Collect $18,000 for being the first to root the Samsung Galaxy S5 on Verizon and AT&T

Collect $18,000 for being the first to root the Samsung Galaxy S5 on Verizon and AT&T
The hack and mod community is so desperate for a way to root the Samsung Galaxy S5, that an $18,000 bounty has been placed upon the task. Over at XDA, the details of the offer are posted. The $18K is not a payment made by one entity. Instead, it is the sum of a number of individual pledges ranging from $5 to as high as $4000.

To collect the reward, the winner must be the first person to do the following: Exploit a fully stock VRU1ANCG build to gain root access, and make a post in the appropriate XDA thread with photos and screenshots. The winner also must provide step-by-step instructions that anyone can follow. In addition, to collect the cash, you need for one XDA member to confirm that your method works on a stock Galaxy S5 with VRU1ANCG build. Do all that, and collect your prize via PM with each member who put up a cash reward.

Good luck! Now get to work.

source: XDA via BGR

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  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

What, Samsung doesn't offer a dev edition like Moto does with their Moto X? Lame ass.

9. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Maybe it's in the works for those carriers. Thecarriers really should allow us that option of full customization instead of forcing us into an Apple-like walled garden. Then again the US is full of litigious people should something go wrong with the phone due to their own screw ups...

28. Droidrapist

Posts: 186; Member since: May 28, 2014

Think of the money they incur with manufacturer warranty claims of 'rooted' phones. You think corporations care about people? You, or your needs? They care about their shareholders and they will sell you arsenic with instructions to drink it if it was legal and made thier stock go up a hundreth of a point.

37. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Doubtful. I work at one of those unnamed carrier stores and most people can't be trusted to do a basic backup of their contacts. The manufacturers don't want to make it easy to customize and update your current phone as it means you're not buying a new phone. The new features, like say biometrics, also are an incentive to keep things locked down to prove there's a secure environment for paypal and the like.

47. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Is this some kind of One plus advertisement? There's a catch like the invite thing?

52. matistight

Posts: 979; Member since: May 13, 2009

this is by devs and such. This is no way related to samsung other than the fact that it's their own devices. One Plus One ad was actually created by the company, this isnt made by any companies actually

50. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

YES Verizon sells a Dev. edition Galaxy S 5. AT&T doesn't...

51. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Well I checked and you are right. But ATT doesn't have to, you just buy an unlocked gsm version :)

2. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Just install a custom bootloader and ROM...oh wait, you can't! So much for customization eh?

5. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

If you get an unlock version, then you can do whatever you want. However, the carriers are the one that they don't want anyone to mess with their devices.

7. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The telecoms, Google, NSA, etc. Basically every corporate and government power does not want people to control their "own" phones. Basically, every phone today comes with many forms of spyware/remote-break-in, and some of these can be circumvented using root and/or custom ROMs.

13. Scott93274

Posts: 6031; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

And these are the things the voices are telling you? Remember, if they tell you to start burning things, that's the time to stop listening and seek help.

17. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

No "voices", just thousands of articles describing all of the things I mentioned in depth and detail. For starters, are you familiar with the NSA documents that Snowden leaked? Or do you think he was hearing "voices" too?

44. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Get out from under the would be surprised what has been going in the world today. Satanic rituals and the pope, Snowden, NATO false flag attacks...or just continue to ignore reality and enjoy blissful ignorance....

29. Droidrapist

Posts: 186; Member since: May 28, 2014

The carriers are the ones froting the price of the phones after all with their 'contracts' so of course they don't want you to unlock them and use them elsewhere the whole reason they are selling phones for $199.99 instead of $649 is so that you don't root it. Now that they are moving towards "EDGE" and "Next" where you pay the price of the phone in full in installments watch it become easy to unlock any phone because the company won't be losing cash to have customers but the customers will be putting up the money up front for the devices.

33. baldilocks

Posts: 1494; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

You can still customize all you want. You just can't get root file access or install custom ROMs.

35. tedkord

Posts: 17302; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Just change the grid of icons to something else... Oh wait, you still have way more customization on Android. Even with a locked bootloader.

38. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

I don't understand this comment. It's fine to have no root access and locked bootloader because it's still more customizable than iOS? The reason I switched to Android because I want to have full control of my device.The very first thing that I did when I got my S4 was root and debloat (got rid of all the AT&T and Samsung junk). *crickets*...Pretty dead there.

3. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

So what is so much different with the Sprint and T-Mobile versions then since they've had root since launch day? Locked bootloaders I assume from AT&T and VZW? Sounds like a carrier issue. I thought I remember seeing Chainfire rooted a version of the S5 2 weeks before it was even released.

4. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Well the aholes at att and verizon along with the OEM scour all the root exploits on xda, not so that they can make the phone secure for you, but make it secure for them. Cause they don't give a sht about you. If they did, they'd be making sure all the patches that affect you get pushed. But they don't.

30. Droidrapist

Posts: 186; Member since: May 28, 2014

Because Verizon and At&t spend 4x as much on building their networks so they obviously want those devices they sell out of their warehouses to be ON their networks. That's not very hard to understand. That's how they stay in business...

6. Blazers

Posts: 733; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

There's also a high bounty for a root for the Note 3 on 4.4.2.

8. MichaelA

Posts: 18; Member since: May 14, 2014

Hopefully all this means is that there will be more development for the LG G3. Woot Woot!

12. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Hopefully. Google/ATT/VZW/etc. have been putting tremendous pressure on LG to lock down their phones.

22. ErenJaeger

Posts: 119; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

LG G2 on tmobile was very difficult to root and I usually root all my phones. Carriers are being a pain for android's future.

31. Droidrapist

Posts: 186; Member since: May 28, 2014

That's because Androids are becoming more and more popular - this i why the Apple iPHone was 'locked' for AT&T in the first place. Both companies knew how big the phones would become so they wanted to have the exclusive rigths to all those users. Now that Android is catching up they don't want to lose the cash cow to pre-paid services like Cricket, Metro, and AIO...

10. joe1blue

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

This is why I only stay with phone companies like T-Mobile and I would day sprint but their services is verry bad in my location, these phone companies are the worst they first give you limited data caps then charge the hell out of us then they want to lock down their phones they even excluded the download Booster features from the phone lol I would be on ebay buying an at&t unlimited sim of T-Mobile wasn't an option!

11. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Basically the only way to have an S5 on ATT with root and an unlocked bootloader is to purchase a T-Mobile S5 for $660 and unlock the SIM lock so it can be used on ATT. The T-Mobile S5 does not come with a locked bootloader, so it can be rooted without too much trouble.

32. Droidrapist

Posts: 186; Member since: May 28, 2014

So you buy a phone for $660 up front to save ... $20 dollars on a bill each month. But if you divide $660 by 24 months.. its $27 a month so you're paying $7 extra each month, but up front to be a kicking and screaming baby and have your damn phone on the carrier you like? Doesn't make any sense. Better if you buy a stolen S5 for $150 on the street... now THAT makes sense, but you migh get robbed buying the phone. xD

34. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I agree completely. Well almost completely. Up to that point about getting the stolen S5 on the street :) It is cheaper for me to get a subsidized phone because no major carrier offers a reasonable BYOD discount. I am stuck with ATT due to reception issues and wanting to keep my unlimited data plan. It's not really unlimited, but it offers good value without overage charges. The S5 is not really my ideal phone and is fully locked down on ATT, but if the S5 Active were available on ATT, with unlocked bootloader, LCD screen, and a shutter button, I would seriously consider getting it.

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